Fort Tiracol is believed to have been built originally by Khem Sawant Bhosle, the Raja of Sawantwadi, in the 17th century.
Nestled in the arms of some beautiful white sand beaches, Fort Tiracol cannot be missed when you visit Goa. For those of you who are done with the party scenes here and want a few days just to sit back, relax and read a book, this is where you ought to be. Built in the Portuguese era, near the village of Tiracol in the Pernem sub-division of Goa, Fort Tiracol resides on the Northernmost tip of the state. It also encloses a century-old church called Igreja de Santo Antônio and it can be easily reached by a ferry from Querim, 42 km north of Panjim.
Witness to multiple annexations: The History of Fort Tiracol
Fort Tiracol is believed to have been built originally by Khem Sawant Bhosle, the Raja of Sawantwadi, in the 17th century. In 1746, the Portuguese lead by the 44th Viceroy of Goa, Pedro Miguel de Almeida waged war against the Raja of Sawantwadi. After several encounters on land as well on water, on 23rd November 1746, the fort was surrendered and it came under the Portuguese.
The Fort then became an essential part of the Portuguese maritime defences after an extensive revamping in 1764. It remained under Portuguese control till December 1961, after which the territories under Portuguese control were forcibly annexed by India.
A Chapel in the Courtyard
The Church of St. Anthony of Lisbon was earlier constructed as a Chapel for the Holy Trinity by de Almeida, after the fort's capture. The church is generally not open for the public except on its annual feast, which is usually held in May. As the Church is right at the center of the fort, it makes for a beautiful locale if you are looking to get married in an outdoor place facing the sea.
Living in a Fort
What once was home to armies and went through invasions from different rulers, is now a heritage hotel resting on a cliff, providing a kaleidoscopic view of the Arabian Sea. Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel is the ideal spot for a relaxing vacation and its luxurious suites will make the stay even more relaxing for sure!
What is Goa without sun & sand?
In addition to Fort Tiracol, there are different places worth wandering off to, while in this locale. Querim Beach, Arambol Beach, Kerim Beach, Mandrem Beach, Ashwem Beach are some places where you can head to, near this citadel. Paliem Sweet Water Lake is also not far away, if one wishes to take a dip amidst trees and plants. Further, the Open Books Library in Arambol is also a go-to spot for anyone who wants to sit back and read. On the other hand, if you're in the mood for some activity, Goa Surf Center is also closeby.
This sunshine state is known for its party scenes but you can now picture Goa for a family vacation too! This historic fort and its expanse, is the perfect place where you can immerse yourself in history, sunsets and luxury. So chalk out your plans ASAP and call up your friends for a trip to remember!